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as of August 2006...
- We have chosen a site. This site is sufficiently clear of
submarine telecommunication cables, trawling routes and shipping
lanes. However the site is still subject to approval and
- George Evatt and Peter Howard have dived the proposed site,
confirming its suitability and GPS coordinates. Photographs from
their dive are available here.
The following elected representatives have expressed support:
- The Federal Member for Wentworth, Hon. Malcolm Turnbull has
written on our behalf to the Hon Robert Hill, Minister for Defence,
requesting the decommissioning list of the RAN (25 July 2005). HMAS
Westralia & HMAS Adelaide are due for decomissioning in September
2006. HMAS ships Tobruk Kanimbla and Manoora may be replaced by
2010-2015, and HMAS Success 2015-2017. Senator Hill believes that
"the benefits of such projects are real and worthwhile. And they
translate into business opportunities in eco tourism which multiply
into other local service industries."
- Hon Malcolm Turnbull is also investigating the possibility of
obtaining the Pong Su (confiscated North Korean freighter involved
in drug smuggling in April 2003) for the project instead of it being
used for target practise by the RAN. This ship is already in Chowder
- Clover Moore MP, Lord Mayor of Sydney, has said that the City of
Sydney would consider the use of Blackwattle Bay as a site for
pre-scuttling preparations. She believes an artificial reef would
provide tourist and educational opportunities. *
- Mr Peter Debnam (Member for Vaucluse)
- Tania Gadiel (Member for Parramatta)
- Peter Garrett (Member of Kingsford)
We have had expressions of support and/or assistance from:
- Mary Louise Williams (Australian National Maritime Museum), Sue
Dengate (CARP - Central Coast Artificial Reef Project), Geoff
Longhurst (NSW DPI Fisheries Conservation Manager), Darren Hale (NSW
Fisheries), John Jennings (Geographe Bay Artificial Reef Society),
Will Scott (Marine Discovery Centre, Bondi), Mike Kinley (Australian
Maritime Authority), Richard Bagnato (Professional Fisherman's
Association), Tim Fisher (Tourism Australia)
- Andrew Judge (Manly Haudralics Laboratory) is happy to provide scientific assistance for preparation of an EIS
- Andrew Read (NSW DPI Fisheries) suggests that we try to obtain a fishing closure over the area.
- Mr C Gellatly, Director General of the NSW Premier's Department
has advised us that the Australian Defence Force has registered our
interest in acquiring a vessel.
- Dr Peter Steinberg, Chair of the Sydney Harbour Institute of
Marine Science (SHIMS) (a collaborative venture between UNSW, UTS
and Macquarie University), has offered us any assistance we require
on the science side of the project!
- Guy Thomas (Qld EPA) was Project Coordinator responsible for the
scuttling of the HMAS Brisbane in 2005, which has already become a
popular dive site. He has been particularly helpful with advice and
Positive responses from dive industry representatives:
- SCAN (Scuba Clubs Association of Australia)
- Judity Macdonald (Scuba Warehouse)
- Shahram Saber (PADI Asia Pacific)
- Peter Gardiner (Pro Dive Australia)
- Pro Dive Coogee
- Yves Moulard (Scubaroo)
- Bill Marden (Subaquatic)
We have positive responses and useful information from:
- Hon Ian Campbell (Minister for Environment and Heritage, and
Senator for WA) has stated that “artificial reefs are labour
intensive, time consuming and can be very expensive, in particular
the financial aspects of the cleanup and scuttling of the vessel can
be extremely high... You may wish to consider your local council or
state environment agency to discuss the possibility of a joint
arrangement. An application fee of $5000 applies.” See
for more information.
- Eric Fielding-Smith (Reach: Submarine Cable Protection) has told
us that there is a one nautical mile exclusion zone around submarine
- David Nutley (NSW Heritage Office) is responsible for ensuring
that the vessel proposed for scuttling does not have any historical
significance itself, and further, that it does not impact on
historic wrecks. He is very positive about the project.
- Jim Booth (NSW Dept of Environment and Conservation) suggested
that we contact the Commonwealth Dept of Environment and Heritage.
- Murray Matson (Randwick City Council) was unable to express an
opinion about the level of public support for the proposal
- Roy Gabriel (Canadian Artifical Reef Consultants) has told us
that the life expectancy of an artificial reef is in excess of 100
years. To be a total success the ultimate goal is to have the ship
on the bottom in an upright configuration with diver friendly access
holes to enhace diver safety and enjoyment. It has been proven
worldwide that it will also benefit marine life in the area.
- Linwood H. Pendleton, author of “Creating Underwater Value: the
economic value of artificial reefs for recreational diving”, states
that “SCUBA diving at artificial reefs generates market impacts that
help to sustain local economies and provide new tax revenues,
especially in areas where scuba diving tourism draws out of town
visitors. Artificial reefs offer economic benefits through the
enhancement of shoreline protection, fishery resources and
recreational fishing and diving opportunities”
We have had no response to date from:
- Ian Kiernan (Clean Up Australia)
- Paul Pearce (Member for Coogee)
- Waverly Council
- Woollahra Council
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